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Feminist Deletes Tumblr Blog That Accused Her Father of Incestuous Abuse

Posted on | July 14, 2015 | 80 Comments

A Canadian feminist has deleted her Tumblr blog in which she accused her father, an instructor at Laval University in Quebec, of being a “pedophile and abuser” who had “sexually assaulted” her.

Camille Freytag, 20, had spent months publishing accusations against her father on a Tumblr blog called “Lesbian Feminist Witch.” However, after an account of her claims was published here Monday night, it appears that Ms. Freytag deleted her entire Tumblr account Tuesday afternoon. Prior to its deletion, Ms. Freytag’s blog had recounted the psychiatric problems — depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — she said had led her to drop out of college in 2013 and apply for public assistance in Montreal. Blaming her mental illness on growing up in an “abusive environment,” Ms. Freytag described being alienated from her entire family except one older sister, and said she was living on welfare payments of $748 a month.

Descriptions of her father on the “Lesbian Feminist Witch” blog led several readers to identify Ms. Freytag’s father as Puma Patrice Freytag, a 69-year-old theater instructor at Laval University in Quebec City.

“My father is the respected university teacher and charismatic leader of his union who everyone loves and admire[s],” Ms. Freytag wrote on her blog. “My father has been many men, but what he always has been behind closed doors is a pedophile and an abuser.”

Puma Freytag is president of SCCUL (Syndicat des chargées et chargés de cours de l’Université Laval), the union representing faculty at Laval, which is Canada’s oldest university and has nearly 30,000 students. According to his daughter’s now-deleted blog, Puma Freytag was once a “hippie who lived in a commune, did yoga and believed in peace and love,” as well as “the communist student in the street” during the 1968 riots in Paris. Camille Freytag’s blog claimed she had been “brainwashed” into “thinking my childhood was totally normal,” and described her father as “a pedophile, manipulative, a drunk,” while calling her mother “an emotionally abusive pothead” and a “horrible person.”

Ms. Freytag’s blog complained that her psychologist seemed somewhat skeptical of her claims, and said her family called her “crazy,” telling her she “should probably be in a psych ward for all my life.”


80 Responses to “Feminist Deletes Tumblr Blog That Accused Her Father of Incestuous Abuse”

  1. DeadMessenger
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:33 am

    Your grandmother’s situation puts me in mind of a situation years ago when my 7-yo was in pediatric intensive care, and in a bad way. I was “upset”, you could euphemistically say.

    A doctor gave me Xanax. I took one, and was no longer upset, sure. In fact, I didn’t care about anything. But my brain knew that I should care, and deeply, and it was a really creepy, unpleasant feeling, like having a second personality. I’d rather be upset, and I never took any more.

    Then, back in 2001, when I was fighting terminal cancer, I would go for chemo, and they put Ativan in my port, too, saying it was a mild tranquilizer and would help me sleep through the chemo, which, admittedly, was bad by that time. But I didn’t want to sleep, and the Ativan just made me feel like I was no longer in control of my brain. The doctors leaned on me to take it anyway, but I was adament, so they stopped.

    So I could see where psychiatric drugs could make someone crazy.

  2. DeadMessenger
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:39 am

    If your opinion doesn’t coincide with theirs, evidently that constitutes defamatory. In Psychoville.

  3. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    How much you want to bet that she has been living off money from her “abuse” father, and that after he found out what she has been saying about him, he threatened to cut off the funding unless she took down the accusations?

  4. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    Having lived that scenario as a kid, I can assure you that the sentence doesn’t do it justice.

  5. Grumley
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    Worse, actually. While they also use the defamation accusations, they usually resort to threats of arrest and prosecution to try to make you go away…and take your comments with you.

  6. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    No, she hasn’t been “caught in a lie” in the sense that everyone else knows that she was lying.

    However, if she was lying, she knows she was lying (well, obviously), and she now also knows that people who are quite skeptical of the truth of her claims are aware of the claims — including, potentially, her father (who has probably been sending her money).

    My point above is: if she was lying, the knowledge that others are openly skeptical of her accusations will be to her as though she had been “caught in a lie”.

  7. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:14 am

    Isn’t it just the most amazing thing that “neo liberal (running dog) capitalists” are able to get rich by “trampling” on “working people” who, due to “free market forces”, are “unable to keep up with the high cost of living”?


    No, I mean, literally amazing, as in miraculous!

    Think about this: in a free market, one literally cannot sell the product of one’s labor unless there is someone willing — and able — to buy it for a price he considers a fair trade. In a free market, one literally cannot “get rich” by “trampling” on “working people”, or on anyone else.

    However, in the sort of economy favored by and created by socialists, the most reliable way to “get rich” is precisely to take the product of someone else’s labor without giving him what he considers fair trade for it.

  8. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:15 am

    Its a feminist thing.
    Feminists are throwbacks to the victorian era.
    Think fainting couches, lots of opium.

  9. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    Liars arent that hard to spot if you listen.
    Their stories contain few consistencies, but large numbers of improbabilities if not outright absurdities.
    The liar needs a believing audience.
    That’s why you’re always supposed to believe every women lodging a rape complaint.
    The liars cannot tell the story the same twice.
    Each embellishmemt is too enticing.
    Lying about rape is a potentially very lucrative scheme and it rarely has downsides in the MATRIARCHY

  10. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:29 am

    Is it possible that her dad does deserve scrutiny at the very least to ensure he is not victimizing others? Sure, but if the allegations are false, can we put the little miss muffit on a fake rape accusers internet registry to warn males of her possible propensity to lie about rape.
    Rape liars dont just hurt innocent men.
    Rape liars hurt real rape victims because they can create a hostile environment for real rape victims.

  11. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:31 am

    Cult of victimology

  12. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:35 am

    Ah, you were on to something there.
    Feminutism, aka the matriarchy, is p owerful in medicine & especially the psychiatrists,etc.
    Biggest drug dealers on the planet?

  13. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    An addicted patient is not a problem.
    They are repeat customers.
    My ma,
    A lesbian feminist historian professor,
    Was hooked on the various stuff her shrink peddled while being depressed for over a decade.
    What Mr Mccain so adeptly points out, i grew up with (bless you).

  14. Demonrat Plantation
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:43 am

    You didnt build that.

  15. Dana
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:47 am

    Ilion, you write as those she is sane enough to reason that out; there appears to be some doubt about that.

  16. Dana
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    Mr Plantation wrote:

    Is it possible that her dad does deserve scrutiny at the very least to ensure he is not victimizing others?

    Thing is, the accusations by his lovely daughter are different: she was living with him in the family home, where her availability to him would have been completely different than would be the case with other possible victims.

    Even if her accusations are completely true, it’s quite possible that she would be the only victim.

  17. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:55 am

    No, actually. My point is that if she were “sane enough to reason that out” she’d realize that the fact that others dpn’t automatically and enthusiastically believe the story you’re telling does not necessarily mean that they believe you’re lying.

    Liars — and insane poeple — have a hard time with the concept of suspended judgment.

  18. Art Deco
    July 15th, 2015 @ 8:57 am

    I’m going to suggest they do not. “Profound psychiatric problems” would be schizophreniform disorders, various sorts of dementia, and autism-spectrum disorders. This third of these is strongly associated with being male, the second of these with being old (and the demented non-old do not tend to be articulate), and perhaps 0.7% of the population consists of people who have suffered the first (which tends to be more devastating in men than in women). Second-tier problems of interest would be manic-depression (which seems wildly over-diagnosed these days, in part, I suspect, to satisfy the 3d party payments regime) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Are hoarders really angry people?

    Judith Kleinfeld has written that women commonly exhibit a lower standard-deviation on psychometric tests. Try this hypothesis: bad men end up in prison. Bad women are merely very difficult on a day-to-day basis (and Sylvia Plath was a DIFFICULT woman; my mother knew people in her young adult years who were similar).

  19. Ilion
    July 15th, 2015 @ 9:01 am

    “Liars arent that hard to spot if you listen.”

    Really! Consider Bill Clinton — it was so obvious, when he first came on the national stage, that he was a to-the-bone liar. All you had to do was *pay attention* to what he said and how he said it.

  20. Finrod Felagund
    July 15th, 2015 @ 9:06 am

    Appropriately, in Warehouse 13, Sylvia Plath’s typewriter was one of the darkest and most dangerous artifacts and was kept in a special secured room away from everything else but the other really dangerous artifacts.

  21. Finrod Felagund
    July 15th, 2015 @ 9:08 am

    To this day my term for when someone is technically telling the truth but in a way that leads people to conclude all kinds of things that aren’t true but are beneficial to the speaker is: “Clintonizing”.

  22. RS
    July 15th, 2015 @ 9:28 am

    I think it was the humorist Fran Lebowitz who wrote a piece on “Advice to Teenagers.” Among her gems was “It’s impolite to criticize your parents for being oppressive, especially when your mouth is full of the oppressors’ pot roast.”

  23. The Osprey
    July 15th, 2015 @ 10:43 am


  24. WG
    July 15th, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    Well, Heil Hitler!

  25. WG
    July 15th, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

    That’s not the issue with neo liberalism, nor is it an either/or between neo liberal capitalism, and socialism. It’s deregulation, austerity, globalization, low taxes, especially on capital gains, and union busting that are the negatives of neo liberalism, and why the wealth(and power)gap grows wider and wider. If you see this as an attack on a simple transaction of buying and selling goods, which we were doing long before Milton Freidman, you would be wrong. Neo liberalism is radicalism, and was rightly laughed at before Ronald Reagen. We need to start laughing at it again.

  26. John Bradley
    July 15th, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

    Re. her father: To hell with the allegations of pedophilia (coming as they do from his deranged daughter), the man openly admits to being a “Puppet theater practitioner”.

    Death is too good for him.

  27. Demonrat Plantation
    July 16th, 2015 @ 7:38 am

    And if her accusations are false, she will likely accuse another falsely of very serious crimes.
    Do we want rape victims to be taken seriously or do we want rape accusations treated like the gal who cried all men are wolves?

  28. Dana
    July 16th, 2015 @ 8:38 am

    Quite possibly, but we’ll never be able to prove her accusations are false. Because she accused her own father, who was living in the same home with her, there’s really no evidence at all, one way or the other.

  29. Demonrat Plantation
    July 16th, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

    We might find out she has been lying.
    Rape IS the most lied about crime

  30. Demonrat Plantation
    July 17th, 2015 @ 6:40 am

    if we find he has done these bad things to other people, then he should be punished (hard for you to understand i guess) and prevented from doing it again.
    and if we find out she was lying, she needs to be punished to discourage her from doing it again.
    there are many conditional words you dont seem to understand like “if” and “could” that imply uncertainty.
    for example:

    if she is a rape liar, she should be punished (since rape lairs hurt real men falsely accused as well as real women who really have been raped).
    and if he really is a rapist, he should be punished.
    if no proof can be found, then innocent until proven guilty even IF IF IF the accused is male.
    feminuts seem to want men treated like the witch trial subjects in 17th century New England. throw the accused male in the lake and see if he floats.
    if he floats he is a rapist and if he drowns he is innocent